John DiddamsUnited States
We met Scott before sunrise at Volcano Visitor Center. He was waiting for us even though we arrived before the agreed upon time. The tour was great with Scott taking us to locations we may not have gotten to on our own. His commentary and knowledge of the volcano was impressive. The early meeting time allowed us to explore and photograph with no one else around. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John, for the great review. I'm still looking at the amazing pictures we were able to capture during the stunning sunrise. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Scott our tour guide was so knowable about Hawaii. His itinerary was very flexible to our changing wishes. Brought us to places that no other guide probably would venture. !! Sure glad we picked Scott , we sure learned and seen a lot in that day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Frank, for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing some amazing sights created by one of the world's most active volcanoes. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Holly WeisenburgerUnited States
David G.United States
5 stars for a guide who deserves 10! Given the US government shut down, Volcano National Park had limited access. Scott suggested his "Kilauea Eruption Private Tour Fissure 8 and More" tour instead. We were not disappointed. Scott's tour took us through Leilani Estates and to Fissure 8 for a first-hand account of Kilauea's fury. Then, as a perfect juxtaposition, we explored the black sand beaches and the regeneration of life after the destruction. A definite once-in-a-lifetime experience! Thanks Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, David, for the great review! I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves exploring some of the newest land on the planet. The Island of Hawaii is always changing and it was my pleasure sharing those changes with you. Aloha
James R.United States
We were excited to learn more about the volcanoes of Hawaii and Scott was the perfect guide to help us out. Even though we had to change the itinerary due to Gov. shutdown, Scott adapted taking us instead to Leilani estates where we visited a property still steaming and covered in volcanic ash. He took us also to the new huge black sand beach and we got to stop at several other interesting sights. Scott is a great guide with an easygoing style and a friendly demeanor. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, James, for the great review. It truly was a pleasure sharing the beauty of Hawaii with you and your wife. Seeing the aftermath of the 2018 eruption is amazing, especially when you can still feel the heat. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Gareth OliverUnited States
This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Scott has amazing stories about the what living through the lava flows are like, and kept us entertained throughout the tour. Fissure 8 was mind-boggling to behold and we definitely want to return and explore more of the big island now. Scott even gave us advice on how to spend the rest of the day after the tour, and the loco moco we then ate on his recommendation was the best we had in Hawaii. Can not recommend this enough! Cheers, Gareth
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Gareth, for taking the time to write this fantastic review! I am so glad you took my recommendation on the loco moco. Like you said, the best on the island. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Barbara KutzingUnited States
Scott was our guide for a tour of Volcanoes and Mauna Kea. Thanks so much for your knowledge, friendliness and willingness to personalize this tour for us. When we started our day it was raining, and there was low visibility, when we visited Volcano Hotel. The weather cleared and we made another stop there and were able to enjoy the amazing view. The ice cream and macadamia products were excellent. Mauna Kea was breathtaking. Thanks for offering this tour that we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Barbara, for the great review. It was my pleasure sharing this amazing island with you and your daughter. With much Aloha
Andrew MayvilleUnited States
We had an excellent time with Scott guiding us. He was always accommodating to any wish and showed us some spectacular sights. He was professional, very knowledgeable and would highly recommend him to anyone visiting. He made our visit more memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Andrew, for a great review. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your time exploring the volcano. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Ward PorterUnited States
Scott is the best. Totally loved our tour. Easygoing and flexible. Book with Scott you will be very happy you did.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Ward, for the 5 star review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time on the Big Island. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha.
Scott LudesUnited States
Scott was excited about the island that made it very enjoyable for us. Knew great places to go and sites to hike a short distance to see some minimally seen places. Highly recommend him for any tour on Hilo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Scott, for the great review. It's always so rewarding to hear my guests enjoyed their time exploring the Big Island. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Elaine PhilipsonUnited States
We had an awesome time with Scott as our private tour guide. He took us to many places were we were the only ones there. He was able to take us to an area where we could see the lava flow from this year which no tourists get to experience. He had an incredible knowledge of the local geography and is extremely excited and enthusiastic to share with his tour groups. I would strongly recommend Scott for small personal tours.
Marilyn UtzUnited States
Scott was a most knowledgeable and interesting certified guide for Volcano National Park. He very carefully listened to our desire to be in the Park (it has just reopened) and made productive suggestions from his own experience on places to get the best views. We had a most wonderful, informative time and highly recommend his guide services. He absolutely let us "have it our way"!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Marilyn, for the 5 star review! It was a great pleasure meeting all of you and thank you for booking the tour. With aloha, Scott
Kim ParkUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with our tour guide Scott today. Scott was very friendly, and had so much knowledge to share with us about Hilo and Hawaii. We got to learn about many different types of trees and flowers that grow in Hawaii! Some of the best parts of the trip were having delicious chocolate and coconut macadamia ice creams at Mauna Loa, and sightseeing beautiful Akaka falls. Thanks so much, Scott, for the wonderful memories in Hilo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Kim, for the kind words and great review. It was a great pleasure sharing a tiny part of the Big Island with you and your daughters. Please look me up next time you are in town. Aloha, Scott
Michele CellsUnited States
Scott is a great guide. He was so accommodating, knowledgeable and flexible. We were on a layover and got to see so much of the island during our short time there. His truck was so comfortable and we were able to put all of our carry on luggage in the back. We were there when the volcano was active, so we were not able to take the park tour but got to see the black lava hill from an early flow - it was great. We would recommend Scott for any tour he offers!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Michele, for taking the time to write a 5-star review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time exploring this side of the Big Island. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Wonderful and most interesting tour Scott. We enjoyed a great tour of the north east side of Hawaii Island. Scott had a wealth of knowledge about Hawaii Island. He was most considerate of our needs and gave us as much time at scenic points that we wanted. Thank you Scott for an awesome day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Rowena, for the wonderful review! I really enjoyed sharing the island with all of you. Wishing you many more adventures. Aloha
Richard Louis BrownUnited States
Our volcano tour with Scott was unforgettable. He was well informed, enthusiastic, and eager to please. We were especially grateful that he insisted on an early morning start (5:30) because it gave us an optimal view of the roiling, splashing lava lake as it was ramping up for the subsequent eruption. His advice for later hikes was very useful. In all, the tour with Scott was the highlight of our 18-day visit to Hawaii.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Richard, for taking the time to write this review. And, thank you so much for the kind words. Aloha, Scott
Amy ZieglerUnited States
Scott gave us a wonderful tour of Volcano National Park and coastline too. He adapted the tour exactly to us. We did and saw things that we never dreamed of doing. He is very knowledgeable about the area. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Amy, for the kind words and great review! Travelers like yourselves make it so much fun sharing this amazing island! Wishing you many more safe and happy travels. Aloha
Charles WebbUnited States
Scott was an excellent guide, nice guy, knowledgeable, good sense of pacing. His 4 door truck accommodated four of us comfortably and would take us anywhere. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Charles, for taking the time to write a 5-star review. Hope you can make it back here real soon. Aloha
Patrick LeadbitterUnited States
This tour is not to be missed. Journey and destination take equal billingfor this trip. Challenge yourself and take a step off of the path. The things you will see and do on this tour with Scott will leave lasting memories that cannot be found taking a "bus tour". It was our best day in Hawaii.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Patrick, for the 5-star review. It's always nice being able to explore with a wonderful family like yours. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Ashley LoebUnited States
Scott was a great tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time- 6 hours flew by quickly! We saw some amazing parts of the volcano park, including glowing lava at sunrise. I am venturing into photography and he was so patient as I took some extra time at a couple stops to snap some shots. The truck we travel in is really comfortable. You can tell Scott loves what he does and he really made it a wonderful experience and we're so glad we got to experience the park that way!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ashley, Thanks so much for the kind words and great review! It's always a special experience when we can see the glowing lava lake at sunrise and having the park to ourselves. Really, it's like nothing else you have ever seen! It was a privilege showing you the beauty of the volcano. Aloha
Jodie LusterUnited States
Scott picked us up at Hilo on time. He brought us to the national park for an amazing day....too much stuff to name but fascinating and fun for me and my husband and two adult kids. Topped off the day at the macadamia nut factory for ice cream. Really appreciated that he took time to consider what we wanted to do but wanted to show us all the park had to offer. Just a great day all the way around!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Jodie, for taking the time to write a great review! Sharing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I can take you to my special spots. Aloha, Scott
Todd WittmanUnited States
We really enjoyed our day with Scott. He customized our tour to our liking and was very friendly and knowledgable. We visted the volcano park, winery, had lunch at a locals spot (gotta try the loco moco), went to the macadamia nut farm and visited a black sand beach were we saw turtles. Awesome tour with a great guide! Thanks Scott for a really great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Todd, for taking the time to write a great review. I had an enjoyable time getting to know you and being able to share this amazing island. Aloha
This is the 4th time we have used Tours by Locals and Scott did not dissapppint! He is very knowledgeable and so willing to tailor the day just for us, providing options and helpful direction along the way. Thanks so much Scott for the amazing time on our first visit to the Big Island!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Sandra, for the 5-star review! I'm so glad you were able to fly over for the day to explore the amazing volcano, and it was my pleasure sharing it with you. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
This tour was amazing.Our tour guide Mr Scott showed us the most interesting n beautiful part of Hawaii .His explanation way was excellent. We enjoyed the whole tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Dilip, for the great review! It was a pleasure sharing the volcano with you and your family. Aloha, Scott
Scott was super nice and professional during our tour. We have been given a wide range of knowledge on the volcanos and seen some breathtaking view that very unique. It is definitely a lifetime experience only by with Scott! Definitely recommend anyone would come to Big Island next time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Yanhua, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5-star review! I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with your family and sharing the amazing volcano. Be sure you come back again so we can see more wonderful sights. Mahalo, Scott
Roberta HaneyUnited States
My husband, friends, and I very much enjoyed the tour. We discovered Tour by Locals in the United Airlines magazine, Hemisphere. It just so happened that we were traveling to Hawaii and hoping to visit the volcanoes. Coincidentally, we booked our tour with Scott and couldn't have been more pleased. He was knowledgeable and friendly. Three hours was just the right amount of time for us. Highly recommend him and Tour by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Robbie, Thank you so much for the kind words and great review! I could not believe how fast the time flew by as we were exploring the volcano. Wishing you many more safe travels and wonderful tour experiences with Tours by Locals. Aloha, Scott
Scott was our tour guide throughout the National Volcano Park and he provided great information, many photo opportunities and all at our pace. He was very friendly and you could feel his enthusiasm for the park. He took us to some interesting local spots around the island as well. Rose and Ross Shelley and Fred
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha, Rose, Thank you so much for the great review and kind words! It is always a special treat being able to share this amazing island with visitors like you and your group. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Christopher GurrUnited States
Aw, man, this was THE BEST WAY to start our visit here on the Big Island. Scott was amazing, super chill, enthusiastic and infectious in his joy about all the wonders of the park, and someone we'd just want to hang out with, anyway. All the better that he knew this place inside and out. Big, clean, comfy super cab truck to roll in, too. I can't recommend Scott enough. Even if you've been to Volcano National Park before, I guarantee you: you haven't really seen it until you've seen it with Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Christopher, for the kind words and great review! It's so much fun sharing Volcanoes National Park with enthusiastic visitors. Hope you can make it back real soon and spend more time in paradise. Aloha, Scott
Holly McMahonUnited States
We had the best time on this personal tour. Scott is very knowledgeable and showed us sites that we would have not known about without his guidance. He is very personable and made the tour of the Park memorable for us. Well worth the money. Thanks, Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Holly, for the great review! Even though it was a tad windy, we sure did have some amazing views. And I'm so glad we were able to get an early start, making it all the better without the crowds. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. Aloha
Emilio Alanis AlonsoMexico
Scott was a wonderful guide, accomodating our requests and always with a great attitude. We are glad we took the tour with him as he took us to many spots we definitely would have missed. Thanks Scott! Everything was very cool.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Emilio, for the great 5-star review! It was a true pleasure showing your family around Volcanoes National Park. Even though the park was extremely busy, it felt like we had it to ourselves at many of my special stops. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha, Scott
Angela LeonardUnited States
We have traveled a lot and taken many tours. This was by far the best. He was like one of the family by the end. He was fully prepared, bringing jackets and pants for us to use because it was unexpectedly rainy. He showed us the smallest and most interesting details of the volcano park and made it an adventure. He was great and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to enjoy the journey !!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Angela, for the kind words. It was so much fun exploring the volcano with your adventurous family. I'm still impressed with your appropriate footwear for exploring a volcano. And thank you for not letting a little rain hamper the fun. Aloha, Scott
Deb LidahlUnited States
Awesome off-road tour to the Green Sand Beach. Scott is a perfect tour guide...patient, allows customers to customize the tour to their desires, good local knowledge, and is fun to be around. You will not regret any tour with Scott!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Deb, for taking the time to write a great review...even while you're still on the ship! It was a fun time, for sure. You and your kids were such a pleasure. When it's time to retire, remember Hawaii! Aloha
James AikmanUnited States
Scott was a great tour guide, and showed us some of the best spots in Volcanoes National Park that we would have missed without him. He was super flexible to meet our schedule, and my wife and I were very comfortable spending the day with him. We would suggest packing a light lunch (we grabbed PB&J from Walgreens) so you can maximize your time for the tour. This is definitely the best way to see the park!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, James, for taking the time to write a great review! It was a true pleasure sharing some amazing sights with you and your wife. Wishing you all the best!
I cannot express how impressed we were by Scott and his the tour that he took us on. He was very knowledgeable about the volcanoes and showed us things that we would never have seen if we were on a bigger tour. Both Julie and I would have no hesitation recommending Scott as a Number 1 guide. Worth every penny. Mike and Julie Wall Cambridge Ontario
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Mike and Julie, for the fantastic review! Being able to share this island with visitors like you is so much fun and rewarding. I sure hope to see you again real soon. Aloha
Susanna SuhUnited States
Scott was friendly and professional. He pointed out small things you wouldn't normally go to or notice. He has a passion for the island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Susanna, Thanks you so much for the great review. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the volcano with you and your family! Hope you can make it back here real soon.
Bruce GeorgeUnited States
Today was a wonderful day. We had the pleasure of touring all of the attractions in the Hilo area with Scott. It was a positive experience in every way. A most knowledgeable and hospitable gentleman who catered to our every request. Scott and I had a lot in common in that we both lived in Florida and had a mutual friend. Would recommend him if you really want the local knowledge of the area. Super guy!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Bruce, for the great review and kind words. It was a great day sharing this amazing island with you and your wife. All the best, Aloha
Andrew DorfmanUnited States
What a fantastic guide! Scott was fun, friendly, and informative. It was like being shown Volcanoes National Park by an old friend. We can't recommend him highly enough - great way to see the park!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Andrew, for taking the time to write a 5-star review. I sincerely enjoyed sharing this amazing island with your family! Aloha
Mark AngusNew Zealand
Scott was awesome - very informative and entertaining tour. Scott took the time to understand our interests and to build a tour that reflected what we enjoyed. He is clearly someone who loves what he does, and who has a real passion for the Volcanoes National Park. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mark, for the great review and kind words. It was great fun sharing some amazing places with you inside Volcanoes National Park, especially since we had the park to ourselves! Aloha
Aldo PivaUnited States
We hit it right off at the start with Scott. Scott was very friendly and lots of fun to be with. We went to the Volcanoes National Park and were the first ones in the park. Scott was awesome and knew all the secret places to take us to. The sights we saw were beyond our bucket list. We got to see extra places and sampled macadamia nuts and the chocolates of Hawaii. Scott's truck was perfect for sight-seeing and very comfortable and roomy. This was our best excursion and one we will never forget!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Aldo, for the great review and kind words! It was a true pleasure showing you some amazing sights inside Volcanoes National Park...and a few other favorite spots. It's always rewarding knowing my guests enjoyed their time exploring this wonderful island. All the best. Aloha
Gary WrightUnited States
Scott was FANTASTIC!!! Showed my family everything we knew we wanted to see AND much more. He was friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Definitely the highlight of our trip. And he gave us some great recommendations on what to do and see on our other days on the Big Island. Book him! You won't be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Gary, for the great review! It really was a great time exploring the volcano and other sights. Plus, it's always a treat being able to see the lava bubbling in the lava lake. Thank you for spending the afternoon with me. Aloha
Frank GulinoUnited States
Scott W. was everything that a guide should be: He was knowledgeable, flexible and solicitous of our needs and desires. What is more, Scott is superfriendly and anxious to share his obvious enthusiasm for The Big Island. We had a wonderful, customized 8-hr. tour with Scott out of Hilo, and we are so glad that we booked with him through ToursbyLocals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Frank, for the kind words and great review! It was great fun sharing this amazing island with you and Donna. Wishing you many more safe and adventurous travels. Aloha, Scott
Vicki ParksUnited States
Scott was the best guide ever. We visited two years ago and really did not like this island. After his tour we had a completely different opinion of this island. He made the day fun and interesting and planned the day around what we wanted to do. He knew places to go that were not full of tourists so you did not feel like you were being herded through like the large tour busses. He made sure we had lots of great pictures to remember the day. Great local guide. I would highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Vicki, Mahalo for the great review! It's always fun showing visitors the amazing sights of the volcano, especially when they have been here before. Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words. Wishing you all the best, Aloha
Renea MyersUnited States
Scott was prompt, responsive, knowledgeable, flexible and did a great job of customizing our day to make sure we had a fabulous time. He was truly concerned about fitting the tour to our preferences. Boy did he deliver! What a fun day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great review! The views from some amazing sights inside Volcanoes National Park are truly spectacular. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Aloha
Elaine TurnerUnited States
Thanks to Scott we had an amazing time at Volcano National Park. Scott is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. He showed us not only the the highlights of the park, but other sights that we would have never found on our own. You will love the easy ride from spot to spot in his very comfortable truck. He is also very accommodating when it comes to what you want to do and see. He is also great kids! Highly recommend Scott and this tour - well worth the fee!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Elaine, for taking the time to write a great review! I'm so glad that you and the family had a great time exploring the volcano. You all were absolutely wonderful! Let me know when you are back in the neighborhood...would love to show you more amazing sights!
Scott W.United States
Scott provided us an outstanding day with many memories. He customized the tour according to what we wanted to see, he adjusted as the day progressed based upon our feedback, and provided interesting information about each point of interest. His knowledge of the area is highly valuable which made our day very efficient. I would highly recommend Scott as a tour guide for the Hawaii Volcanoes Park.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Scott, for the great review! It was a very enjoyable day sharing this amazing island with your wonderful family. Hope you can make it back soon to see more of what makes this island so special. All the best. Aloha
Melisa TamezUnited States
Scott is one of the most genuine and kind people out there. He is, honest to God, one of the BEST tour guides I have ever encountered. My family and I felt incredibly comfortable and at ease with him since the very first moment of meeting. Highly recommended! We had the trip of a lifetime and I got to fulfill life long dreams. Scott was a big part of that! We did so many things that we never thought possible. It was so exciting! Can't thank him enough for such a wonderful and memorable day. Scott's Spot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Melisa, for the kind words and great review! It was so much fun sharing some amazing places inside Volcanoes National Park with you. I sure hope we can do it again real soon...there is so much to see! All the best, Aloha
Scott was a great guide: punctual, knowledgeable, easy going and keen to ensure the tour was tailored to suit us. Would thoroughly recommend this tour and Scott as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Annette, for the 5-star review. It is so enjoyable sharing this island with wonderful visitors like yourselves! Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Wes WeiseUnited States
Scott is a great tour guide. He showed us the highlights of the Hilo/Volcano Nat'l Park area like a well informed friend. Scott is enthusiastic about his island and showed us things that mass tour companies dont even know about. He was able to customise our tour to fit my family's adventurous tastes, taking us on short hikes to see uncommon details that only a local who loves this stuff would know about. Overall, we couldn't be happier and his tour was one of the highlights of our trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Wes, for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time exploring some cool places inside Volcanoes National Park. I cannot wait to share more of this amazing island with you! Aloha, Scott
Grace LengUnited States
For the first 30 minutes, I didn't know what happened but Scott was not positive. I felt like I was not welcomed. I was even want to go to the car and told him that I don't need your tour anymore. But after the first thirty minutes, his attitude changed magically. For the rest two hours and thirty minutes, he became very friendly and introduced to us many useful knowledge. For the first 30 minutes,I would give him a one star. But for the rest of the trip, he deserves 5 stars. Therefore, 3-star is fair.
Sally BullUnited States
Scott did a great job with this tour. To start off, we only had 4 hours but wanted to go to Volcanoes National Park. Scott designed a tour for us and got us to the park where we saw major highlights as well as other beautiful sights near Hilo. Scott is a wonderful and very personable guide. His truck is a great ride and a very comfortable vehicle. You will not be disappointed. We were thrilled to see so many great things in the area in a short time period.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Sally, for taking the time to write a great review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time exploring some of the most beautiful sights on earth! Aloha
Scott was simply great, we asked for a custom tour, and that is what we received. Scott was waiting for us when we disembarked, listened to what we liked and off we went. Our day was filled with beautiful sights and interesting information all in a relaxed atmosphere and at our own pace. Thank you Scott for a great day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Moshe, for the kind words and 5 star review! It was a great pleasure sharing the beauty of this island with you and your wife. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Teri MannUnited States
We would highly recommend Scott, super knowledgeable and timely, we loved his new truck, made our tour super special
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Teri, for the 5-star review! Wishing you many more wonderful adventures. Aloha.
Emma FerrimanUnited Kingdom
A truly great personal tour which was definitely better than the standard. Scott was very friendly and very knowledgeable and took us to several places he had personally discovered which was great as there was no one else around. I would definitely recommend taking a tour with Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Emma, for the kind words and great review! Hope you can come back and discover more of our amazing island. Aloha
Janet BarnettUnited States
Scott provided us with a fun, comprehensive and very flexible tour of Volcanoes National Park. We appreciated his promptness, knowledge of the park and his flexibility in changing the agenda on the fly. He allowed us options and let us choose what we wanted to see, do and how much time we wanted to spend at various sites. The national park is a very interesting look at the results of lava flows over time, including going through a lava tube. We recommend both the park and ToursByLocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Janet, for the 5-star review! Volcanoes National Park is certainly a treasure not to be missed. It is so much fun being able to share special places like this with visitors from all over the world. All the best. Aloha
Martha MarshallUnited States
With only a day to see Volcanoes National Park, we were lucky to have Scott as our tour guide. We saw so much with this passionate and knowledgeable guide. At his suggestion we started early and had the park to ourselves. It was amazing. If we had done this on our own we would have missed so much. We have used the knowledge he imparted to us during the remainder of our Big Island stay. Thank you Scott! PS your truck was so nice and comfortable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Martha, Thank you so much for the kind words and 5-star review. It was great fun being able to share Volcanoes National Park when we are practically the only people there. All the best. Mahalo and Aloha
Antonia (Annie) LuppinoAustralia
A very good tour.We are a family of 4. Learnt a lot Scott was very accomodating He was very friendly and informative Would recommend if you don't want to get into a tour bus and have to put up with lots of people being having to be organised
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for taking the time to write this review. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with your family. Aloha
Rebeca GutshallUnited States
Scott was the quintessential tour guide for the Volcanoes Park & all the other points of interest around Hilo! We had record breaking rainfall our tour day & it didn't matter -- he was well prepared with ponchos & still took us to see everything. He was very knowledgeable, made it fun & took us to places he knew we wanted to stop. His truck was very comfortable for the tour, & he made it easy to accommodate our small group. I wouldn't hesitate to say his was the BEST tour we had on all the islands!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Rebeca, for your review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your tour, even with all the rain. It was great fun experiencing Volcanoes National Park with your adventurous group! Aloha
Roy SmallUnited States
Scott was wonderful. Well organized and knowledgeable. He knew all the great sites to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: "Mahalo, Roy, for the 5-star review! Be sure to look me up next time you're in the neighborhood so I can show you more cool stuff. All the best. Aloha"
Joyce GuthUnited States
This is the second year we have book a tour with Scott. When it comes to the Volcano area his knowledge is outstanding. Very easy going and accommodating Scott can give you a 5 star tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Joyce, for another 5 star review! Looking forward to sharing more of this amazing island with you. All the best, Aloha
Joyce GuthUnited States
This is the second year we have use Scott for tours of the Big Island. We love to hike and Scott is more than willing to take us and show us all his favorite spots. Scott is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. If you need of a tour guide we highly recommend him. Scott is very easy going and makes you feel very comfortable. If you need a tour guide who knows the island inside and out book Scott.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Joyce! It was fantastic seeing you again and showing you more great sights. Can't wait to do it again! Aloha
James KeanNew Zealand
What a fantastic Day! Big thanks to Scott for making our trip through the Volcanoes National Point the highlight of our cruise around the Hawaii Islands. Scott was highly knowledgeable about the park and the Hawaiian Islands in general and took us to all the big highlights that you would normally see on a group tour but also gave us options each step of the day and showed us some off the beaten path parts. Cannot fault the day at all and would not hesitate to recommend Scott and his tours! Thanks!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha James, Thanks so much for the great review! There are so many cool things to see inside Volcanoes National Park including several less known gems. I really get jazzed up when I can share these special spots. Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo and Aloha
Donald HenshallUnited States
Scott was 5 out of 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Don!
Andrea HetrickUnited States
Scott was an awesome guide! Very accommodating and flexible! Showed us some great sites and I was able to get some awesome pictures! My family uses Tours by Locals wherever we travel and Scott is truly a 5 star guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Andrea, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a great review! So glad you were able to capture some great pictures. Wishing you many more safe tours with Tours by Locals! Mahalo and Aloha
This was the second back to back days of touring with Scott while aboard a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Firstly in Hilo and now following us around to Kona. The highlight today was a tour of Greenwell Farms Coffee Plantation, but Scott included so much more! He listened to what our interests were and make this our tour. Having our own private guide was perfect and I will definitely look up Tours by Locals for our next tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo again, Teena, for taking the time to write another great review! As you could tell, Kona is totally different than Hilo but still offers so much to see. Another great few hours spent with a fantastic family! All the best, Scott
We couldn't have been more impressed with our tour of the Volcano National Park. Scott was an exceptional guide who looked after us from start to finish. We chose Tours by Locals while on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Rather than go with the very large tour groups with the ship, our family of 4 had our own private tour guide to ourselves at a lessor cost! Scott made suggestions for the day of what to do and we would decide what interested us. It couldn't have been better!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Teena, for such a great review! It truly was a pleasure showing you and your family around Volcanoes National Park...and more. Being adventurous like yourselves make it so much fun! Can't wait to see you again. Aloha
Steve WeinerUnited States
Scott was very knowledgeable and very accommodating! It was an enjoyable outing. Thanks, Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Steve, for taking the time to write the 5-star review! It was great meeting your family and showing you around this amazing island. All the best!
Robert WattsMorgantown, WEST VIRGINIA, United States
Scott was amazing! We only had one day to spend on the island and he made every minute count. He gave us information on the different plants and areas we came across and shared some other facts with us. He provided us with time to stop where we wanted and for how long we wanted without pressure. Scott seemed to enjoy sharing information about the island as much as we enjoyed learning so much and seeing so much. We would definitely book another tour with him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Robert, for the great review! It was wonderful showing you and your wife the things that I love most. Wishing you many more happy trips! Aloha
Tanya OrmeUnited Kingdom
Would have been rated 6 if we could. An amazing day with an amazing guy. Learned so much our heads are spinning, plus had great fun. Thanks again Scott!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Tanya, for the great review! Great weather and great company sure did make for a great day exploring the volcano. Hope to see you again soon. Aloha, Scott
Andrew SnelgroveUnited Kingdom
Great tour with a very knowledgable guide who loves the area he lives in. Was very flexible about what and where we wanted to go and do evolving the tour around that. Cannot recommend him highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Andrew, for the great review! It was a great time exploring the volcano...especially the hike to my special favorite spot...although a tad windy. Sure hope to see you guys again real soon. Aloha
Excellent tour of Volcano Park. Scott is very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Eleanor, for taking the time to write the 5-star review! Wishing you all the best. Aloha
Mark Van RaamHampton, VIRGINIA, United States
Scott is an excellent tour guide who took us to many unique places to view sights that few tourist see. He is very knowledgeable about the island and has the calm laid back personality that is commonly found in island life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mark, for taking the time to write a 5-star review! I really enjoyed showing you guys around. Hope you can make it back real soon! Aloha
Nadav SharirRaleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
We spent a full day of touring in Hilo with Scott. He is an excellent professional tour guide. We accomplished everything and more than we expected. We highly recommend Scott if you're looking for a guide in Hilo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Nadav, for the 5 star review! So glad you enjoyed yourself exploring the Pahoa and Hilo area of the island. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha
Lisa GrahamUnited States
Scott was great, I wish we had booked more time with him. We did get to see everything we wanted to.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Lisa. I cannot wait to see you guys again! Aloha
Lou SmithUnited States
Scott was on time and had a nice vehicle for the type of tour we took on volcanic area. He explained a lot about the volcano, took us to normal attractions such as jaggar museum, steam vents and lava tunes, but also pointed out unusual features in the park. We like to hike so he took us to many trails to show us available hikes, then let us make an hour long hike in a remote in travelled location. He showed us how to eat a guava fruit from a wild tree. Great tour with a personable accommodating guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Paul! So glad you enjoyed your time exploring the volcano...it truly is a very special place. It's always fun exploring the park with adventurous visitors like yourselves. Aloha, Scott
Anita G.United States
If we could have given Scott more than 5 stars we would have. He was a great guide and showed us everything we wanted to see. We had the best day and one of the best excursions we've been on. Scott is very knowledgeable about Hilo and gave us so much information. You can't miss with Scott as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Anita, for taking the time to write this great review! I had a wonderful time showing you and your group around Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. Hope to see you again in the near future! Aloha
Scott was a friendly and experienced guide whom squeezed in more than we thought possible whilst never feeling rushed at the same time. He gave us the little insights and guided tours that make having a private tour guide all the more worthwhile. A great tour if your a first time visitor to Volcano National Park looking to get your bearings and get the most out of your time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Adam, for the great review! Sharing Volcanoes National Park with visitors like yourselves is great fun. I sure hope to see you and your wife again soon. Aloha
Wendy JefferyWaipukurau, New Zealand
Thoroughly recommend choosing Scott as your guide to Hilo. He has a real passion for his place of residence and his knowledge of the out of the way places and his love for his surroundings is quite humbling. He gave us a magic time and has been the highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Wendy, Thank you so much for the kind words and great review. Coming from seasoned travelers like yourselves is very special! So glad you enjoyed your time on this beautiful island. Sure hope we can do it again sometime! All the best. Mahalo!
Diane BennettUnited Kingdom
Fabulous tour of the Volcano National Park with Scott W. Scott was very willing to let us dictate the day, but we were happy to follow his lead on the best sights to see. He was easy company and very knowledgeable about the area, the geology and the plant life. We would have missed out on so much detail if we had tried to do the same route ourselves. Even our two "hard to impress" teens were soon hunting down different types of lava. We even fitted in a trip to the 'Akaka Falls. A great day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Diane, for the great review! Sharing Volcanoes National Park with adventurous visitors like your family is a real treat. I'm so glad you enjoyed your day! Aloha
Michelle HendersonUnited States
Scott was great. Very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Michelle!
Sally M.New Zealand
Scott is a very personable and informative guide, and his huge air-conditioned truck is a great way to see Big Island. Scott took us on a tour around the top part of the island, where we visited beautiful picture-postcard beaches, cultural sites, lava tubes, and - a personal favorite - the macadamia factory where you can buy spam-flavored nuts! I'd highly recommend Scott's tours if you are visiting this island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Sally, and thank you for another great review! The northern part of the island has some of the most beautiful scenery, and it was great fun sharing it with you and Martin. Wishing you all the best. Mahalo!
Sally M.New Zealand
Scott is an excellent guide, and we had a great time on the volcano tour. We learnt so much about Hawaii, and got some great photos of lava formations. The day was paced well - lots to see but we never felt rushed. Coffee, turtles, sweet bread, lava - this tour has something for everyone, and we really enjoyed Scott's company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Sally, for the great review! So glad to hear you enjoyed your tour of Volcanoes National Park...it really is a special place. You and your husband were a joy to spend the day with. Aloha
Mike GibsonUnited Kingdom
Scott was prompt, personable, exceedingly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A superb guide whom I recommend to anyone visiting Volcanoes National Park.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Mike, for the great review! I really enjoyed exploring Volcanoes National Park with you...especially so early! Aloha
Kent WhitnahUnited States
Scott was Fantastic!! Very flexible tour. Scott was very knowledgeable and customized the trip which made it very enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Kent. Thanks for the positive review! You and your family were fantastic to spend the day with. Sure hope you make it back soon. Mahalo!
Linda JohnsonUnited States
We had given Scott a general idea of what we hoped to see and do and he fulfilled our request to a T including making sure we arrived at the most popular spots well ahead of the bus tours. Excellent guide, informative, well-spoken, a good sense of humor. The truck was comfortable and spacious. Plan to tour with Scott in the future!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Linda, Thanks you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time exploring Volcanoes National Park. Hope you to see you and the gang again real soon. Mahalo and Aloha!
Martin KatzUnited States
A wonderful day of touring Hawaii, and Scott couldn't have been more fun or more personable. He is ultra-flexible, wanting only the best for his guests. He knows the Big Island from A to Z and I know anyone would benefit from his guidance.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Martin, and thank you for the great review! Having guests like you is absolutely the best. It's so much fun sharing this amazing island with those that truly appreciate the beauty. Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo!
Tina SwannUnited States
Scott was an amazing tour guide! He showed us amazing sights and was very knowledgeable! I highly recommend Scott and toursbylocals! A private tour is much more fun and enjoyable than a tour bus tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Tina. So glad to hear you enjoyed your time exploring the Big Island! As you know, private tours are definitely the way to go. Mahalo nui loa!
Roger ElliottUnited States
Scott is definitely 5 star. He patiently answered our many questions as we explored the Big Island. The terrain was quite diverse from the hilly and mountainous grassy knolls to the volcanic landscape in the national park. My wife and I definitely recommend Scott for a private tour of the Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Roger, for the great review! It's always so rewarding knowing my guests enjoyed their time on the Big Island. Wishing you all the best! Aloha
Lisa HeustedUnited States
I wish I booked private tours instead of the cruise shore excursions. Scott was excellent. He's very knowledgeable and was able to do everything in the little time we had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Lisa, Thank you for the great review! It was great spending a few hours with you and your husband. Come back and see us again! Mahalo
Catherine ReckenwaldUnited States
Scott was a wonderful tour guide, sharing his love of Hilo with us! He was prompt in picking us up, gave us a fantastic overview of the volcano, steam vents, lava tunnels, waterfall, beaches, chocolate store, and macadamia nut store. We saw at least twice as much as the other ship cruise passengers and for about the same amount of money. Highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Cathy and thank you so much for the great review. It's always a treat having guests like you! Wishing you many more wonderful cruises. Mahalo!
Jeffrey BuchananUnited States
Had a great time exploring the Big Island. Scott was very accommodating for things we wanted to do and made the day a lot of fun. We appreciated his knowledge of the area and his suggestions of places to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Jeffrey, for the review! Exploring the Big Island is so much fun and I'm glad I was able to share it with you. Aloha
Angie ValentineUnited States
We(2 ladies 49&59)scheduled 2 full day tours w/Scott. I was leary never having done this before. Scott arrived early & helped carry bags. Within minutes I knew my apprehensions were unwarrantd. Scott was relaxed,but professional,knowledgeable without sounding like a recording of facts,very considerate (pointing out bathrooms,driving us close to entrances,so we didn't walk far in the heat). In a short time it felt like we friends hanging out. I am glad I found tours by locals & Scott. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Angie. Thanks so much for the great feedback! I thoroughly enjoyed our two days together. Can't wait to do it again! Mahalo
Angie ValentineUnited States
Great Guide, highly recommended !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Angie!
Had a great tour with Scott in Hilo. We saw everything we wanted to see, plus a few additional sites that Scott recommended. Our tour was geared to what we wanted to see & do. We would highly recommend Scott to anyone touring Hilo & Kona on the Big Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Greg, and mahalo for the great review! So glad you and your wife enjoyed your tour. It was much fun for me too! Hope you can make it back to paradise again real soon. Aloha!
Allison BasslerUnited States
We can't imagine having a better day in Hilo! Scott was wonderful, showing us volcanoes,lava tubes, steam vents, short hiking trails, and a black lava beach complete with sea turtles! If you're going to Hilo, make sure Scott is your guide! He made it our favorite island on the cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Allison! Thank you for the wonderful review! It is so rewarding knowing my guests enjoyed their day exploring the Big Island of Hawaii. It was great fun for me too! Come back again soon! Mahalo!
Ed HarrisUnited States
if it were possible to rate our tour even better than 5 stars, we absolutely would! Great day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ed. Thanks so much for the taking the time to write a great review. I had an amazing time with you and your wife! Wishing you many more safe travels. Mahalo!
Epic tour from the docks to the Green Sand beach and all the highlights in between. Hit the volcano national park before anyone else and then off to the lava tubes, again, before anyone else: fantastic walk with no other tourists. Also had time for a fabulous bakery and the Manau Lau macadamia nut factory. Knowledgeable and personable. We would recommend this tour, and Scott specifically, for any age of tourist and a group of 3 or maybe 4 for comfort
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Devton for the great review! It certainly was a great day being able to explore many sights to ourselves. Hope you can make it back soon. All the best. Aloha!
Ilan SmithUnited States
Scott was awesome! He is very friendly, knowledgeable and immediately put us at ease. Scott has thorough knowledge of the sites themselves but also details of the island (where to get the best Huli Huli chicken and cinnamon rolls). This was a wonderful, fun, extremely informative tour for us! Thank you Scott for making it a truly great experience for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo, Ilan, for making it a great time for me too! You and your family are wonderful. Wishing you many more safe travels. Aloha